Gas Prices Surpass 2009 Peak Levels

Southern California gas prices are now at their highest levels since October 2008 but have only risen by three to six cents in most areas over the past month, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California monthly Fuel Gauge Report.

The Southern California May average price for regular self-serve gasoline is $3.151, three cents higher than the April average of $3.117. This month’s average price is 71 cents higher than last year’s May price average of $2.444.

The statewide average price of $3.153 is four cents higher than the April average of $3.114. Bishop and Marysville have the lowest average prices in the state at $3.066, while Sacramento has the highest gas price average at $3.297. The highest-priced gas in Southern California is in Laguna Beach, which has an average price of $3.255 a gallon.
 
Nationally, the April average price of $2.901 is four cents higher than the April average of $2.858. Hawaii has the most expensive gas in the country with an average price of $3.558. Missouri has the lowest state average price at $2.722.  Nine U.S. states now have gas price averages above $3 a gallon.

“We’re now paying more for gas than at any time in 2009, but that’s not surprising given the huge plunge in prices at the end of 2008,” said Auto Club spokesperson Jeffrey Spring. “There are already some signs of reaching a peak or plateau for the moment, with prices in almost every area dropping in the last day or two.”  

In Southern California, the averages for regular and premium grades of gasoline are listed below:
 
 
County/City
Unl
5/11
Unl
4/13
Pre
5/11
Pre
4/13
Imperial County 
 
 
 
 
El Centro
3.200
3.149
3.379
3.327
 
 
 
 
 
Inyo County
 
 
 
 
Bishop
3.066
3.111
3.167
3.399
 
 
 
 
 
Kern County
 
 
 
 
Bakersfield
3.201
3.176
3.378
3.322
Ridgecrest
3.193
3.132
3.357
3.257
 
 
 
 
 
Los Angeles County
 
 
 
 
Alhambra
3.130
3.107
3.324
3.288
Arcadia
3.147
3.131
3.404
3.368
Burbank
3.143
3.098
3.300
3.288
Culver City
3.178
3.150
3.347
3.293
Glendale
3.168
3.135
3.326
3.336
Glendora
3.108
3.045
3.309
3.231
Inglewood
3.115
3.091
3.299
3.294
Lancaster
3.128
3.104
3.294
3.274
Long Beach
3.121
3.074
3.285
3.256
Los Angeles
3.175
3.125
3.375
3.291
Manhattan Beach
3.215
3.190
3.399
3.359
Montebello
3.172
3.167
3.319
3.339
Santa Clarita
3.132
3.073
3.239
3.259
Santa Monica
3.183
3.136
3.360
3.332
Van Nuys
3.193
3.073
3.368
3.250
Whittier
3.120
3.087
3.305
3.259
Woodland Hills
3.167
3.105
3.366
3.295
 
 
 
 
 
Orange County
 
 
 
 
Anaheim
3.131
3.089
3.310
3.249
Fullerton
3.095
3.060
3.276
3.262
Huntington Beach
3.126
3.078
3.339
3.264
La Habra
3.109
3.059
3.309
3.192
Laguna Beach
3.255
3.202
3.370
3.459
Newport Beach
3.177
3.139
3.389
3.313
San Clemente
3.165
3.155
3.398
3.311
Tustin
3.156
3.113
3.351
3.306
 
 
 
 
 
Riverside County
 
 
 
 
Blythe
3.225
3.200
3.350
3.409
Hemet
3.109
3.069
3.305
3.286
Palm Springs
3.152
3.095
3.337
3.269
Riverside
3.127
3.088
3.294
3.231
 
 
 
 
 
San Bernardino County
 
 
 
 
Redlands
3.142
3.114
3.352
3.206
San Bernardino
3.127
3.062
3.302
3.230
Victorville
3.149
3.112
3.286
3.209
 
 
 
 
 
San Diego County
 
 
 
 
Chula Vista
3.126
3.105
3.302
3.268
Del Mar
3.212
3.215
3.439
3.419
Escondido
3.096
3.070
3.294
3.249
Oceanside
3.133
3.117
3.320
3.299
San Diego
3.140
3.110
3.317
3.289
 
 
 
 
 
San Luis Obispo County
 
 
 
 
San Luis Obispo
3.208
3.175
3.388
3.401
 
 
 
 
 
Santa Barbara County
 
 
 
 
Lompoc
3.100
3.092
3.459
3.239
Santa Barbara
3.232
3.171
3.409
3.426
Santa Maria
3.151
3.140
3.377
3.329
 
 
 
 
 
Tulare County
 
 
 
 
Porterville
3.087
3.075
3.159
3.139
Visalia
3.182
3.139
3.404
3.332
 
 
 
 
 
Ventura County
 
 
 
 
Ventura
3.089
3.130
3.286
3.292
 
 
 
 
 
Southern CA average
3.151
3.117
3.334
3.296

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